Today while perusing the fresh fruit and veggie section at out local store I spotted a small section labeled Lemon Drop Melon (may be called Lemon Melon not 100% sure which is the proper name as our store had it labeled Lemon Drop but when I google it I barely come up with any results for either combination).
We live in the sticks so I am always impressed with the large variety of fresh fruit and veggies our little country bumpkin store has available, and its usually locally (from local small farms) or in the least USA grown produce too. For that reason the selection changes with the seasons and in the summer they get in some very exotic (to us) fruit and vegetables. In the past we have purchased star fruit, pomelos, mangos, pomegranate, kiwi's as well as the staple fruits of the summer from them.
It was their wide selection of fruits that inspired me to create my Food Bucket List. Its a list of foods I want to try eating at least once before I, you know, kick the bucket. It mainly contains a lot of exotic fruits and veggies but also has fun things on it like Deep Fried Snickers and Ostrich Burgers.
|our Lemon Drop Melon before it was cut up|
I was not sure what to expect from the melon. I imagined it would be somewhat tart or tangy from the name so I was not sure how much the kids would like it. Therefore I only put about 1/4 of the melon into the fruit salad. They. LOVED! It. They were picking the melon out over all the rest of the fruit and asking for more melon before they even touched anything else. I made them finish the rest of the fruit they had on their plates first and then cut up more melon. We ended up eating the entire thing, minus a few slices I held back to try some Lemon Drop Melon Water (which is currently chilling in the fridge, I have yet to try it but hope it's as good as it sounds).
|Lemon Drop Melon Water|
The whole point of my nonsensical ramblings is.... in the wise words of Yo Gabba Gabba......
TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT!
Try new foods, expand your horizons, buy that crazy looking/sounding fruit. You never know if you will like it if you never try it.
Ok, so now that I have wasterd 30 minutes of my afternoon writing this and a good 5 minutes of your afternoon as you read this I guess I will go and do something a little more productive.
this fun fruit lovin' mama,
P.S. Check out my new blog called More Exotic Melons for a little more info on this melon and several other new (to me) melons I discovered.
UPDATE 08/01/11Check out the comment that Sarah left, she works in the produce department at a grocery store and had some great info to share, thank you so much Sarah!
Also, I just bought a Lemon Drop Melon a few days ago and used it for smoothies, I will be posting the recipe soon, it was YUM YUM YUM! Be on the look out for that, I will link it here when it is up.
"Hi! My name is Sarah and I just stumbled across your blog here for the first time, and I'm hoping I can be of a little bit of help. I work for a grocery store in the produce section and it's my job to find out more information to pass on to customers and it just so happens that the Lemon Drop melon is what I'm looking at this week, and I'm happy to share the information that we found.
First off, the Galia Melon and the Lemon Drop Melon (a.k.a. Lemon Melon) are NOT the same melon.
The Lemon Melon came about only in the last few decades from a melon breeder in the Mediterranean region. He originally found a melon that was naturally high in citric acid, which is what gives the Lemon Melon it's lemony taste. Over the next decade or two after it's discovery, it was bred with many sweet-type melons using traditional breeding techniques (Non-GMO) to get the delicious melon that we have today.
As far as nutrition goes, the Lemon Drop Melon is fat free, low in calories (60 calories/cup) and high in Vitamins A and C.
To Sarah: I don't have twitter, I am not "cool" like that and find new technology intimidating. I am on Facebook
Also, I got a notification a few days ago that someone left a comment on More Exotic Melons telling a trick on how to know if the Lemon Drop Melon is ripe. I know many of you are wondering this, however when I go back and look the comment was gone. I remember he said something about the green lines in the rind being dark in color but that's it. So Sorry, I have never been good at how to tell if any melons are ripe. I usually just grab 1, I have not been disappointed yet.
You can feel free to contact me on my personal twitter account, which is sarahwells61 if you have any more questions. Hope this helped! "